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her best to protect them. as weook for answers at what happened here, that we don't forget what she did and tried to do for those boys but also what so many social workers across this country do as budget cuts come some of those people don't have a voice to try to fight for what really matters. "anderson cooper 360" starts right now. >> good evening, everyone. there are shock waves tonight from mitt romney's horrible, terrible not good very bad night against rick santorum. three states, three losses for governor romney. we'll cover it completely and ask experts if it's a sign of something big but as that story was unfolding, something else was happening. keeping them honest on a story you may have missed. president obama's campaign is encouraging big donors to write big checks to priorities usa action a super pac supporting his re-election. the republican primary is swimming in super pac money as we've been documenting. what's a big story is the fact that the president is doing this at all because it represents
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180-degree shift, a total reversal in his prior position on super pac money. listen to what he said back in october of 2010. >> thanks to a gigantic loophole, these special interests can spend unlimited amounts without even disclosing where the money is coming from. we don't know where it's coming from. is it from the oil industry? we don't know if it's from banks. we don't know if it's insurance companies. could be coming overseas. we don't know. they won't tell you. they don't want you to know. they don't want you to know. they won't stand behind what they do. this isn't just a threat to democrats. this is a threat to our democracy. >> president obama in october 2010. here he is a few weeks earlier identifying some of the groups that he considered culprits in talking about how democrats might oppose their influence without becoming just like them. >> every one of the groups is run by republican operatives. every single one of them. even though they are posing as nonprofit groups with names like
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americans for prosperity, the committee for truth in politics or americans for apple pie. i mean, i made that last one up. but this is why -- look, this is why we've got to work even harder in this election. this is why we've got to fight their millions of dollars with millions of our voices. voices who are ready to finish what we started in 2008. >> so last fall the president's answer to growing money power was growing people power. the republican primary, however, shows just how much a difference a few big donors can make. they are writing multimillion dollar checks to super pacs and they've been outraising democratic ones. the big republican leading super pacs raised four times what
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democratic super pacs have raised. campaign manager saying in a statement, our campaign has to face the reality of the law as it currently stands. he goes on to say with so much at stake,e can't allow for two sets of rules in this election whereby the republican nominee is beneficiary of unlimited spending and democrats unilaterally disarm. the republicans call it a flip-flop. they sent out a pair of flip-flops with a quote from president obama followed by the words just kidding. bill burton is the former white house deputy press secretary for president obama. also cnn political contributor and former bush secretary ari fleischer. >> wheth is there any way to paint this other than a big flip-flop on the part of the president's campaign? >> it was a recognition that the rules aren't as he wants them to
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be but he's going to play by the rules as they exist to make sure that the hundreds of millions of dollars that karl rove, the coke brothers, the oil companies, the private equity guys have pledged doesn't wash over this campaign and things important to us in this election. >> what's the difference between playing by the rules and a change of position and a flip-flop? isn't that the same thing? >> the campaign said that this was a recognition that there's a set of rules that the republicans are going to live by and the president and his campaign are going to live by them too. the president hasn't changed his position on whether or not he thinks that this is a bad set of rules. the campaign finance system is broken. what he's saying is this is our reality. if we want to compete in this reality, we better make sure that we're prepared. >> ari, what about that? what's wrong with the president saying these are the set of rules and reality we're facing and we have to play by these new rules? >> anderson, there's nothing wrong with super pacs. it's called free speech. everyone is entitled to it.
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this is a problem with what barack obama has done. it's part of a pattern of behavior with barack obama that goes back to 2008. if you recall back then he said he would accept public financing for the campaign just like john mccain did and when he found out he could raise more money than public financing would get him, he flip flopped on that. i want to act as if he's changing washington as a reformer. wouldn't allow lobbyists at the white house and gave waivers for lobbyists and his staff wouldn't be allowed to meet with lobbyists at the white house so they walked across the park to a coffee house where they met with lobbyists and now the flip-flop on the super pac itself. it's a super flip-flop. it's a president who has to act as if he's smarter, better, more moralistic than his opponents and everybody else while his pattern of behavior is to have words that are wind but his actions are just like everybody else's in washington. there's nothing reformist.
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nothing change orientated about barack obama when you get to the heart of it. >> bill? >> i mean, you know, it's hard to take seriously criticism of reform from an administration that really didn't do anything to reform washington at all. now the president actually did take steps to really reform the way things are done and reform the information that people had about the administration, about the people who were coming to visit it and about keeping lobbyists influence out and pushed campaign finance reform during the presidency, not just on the campaign trail but in the white house working with senate democrats and democrats in the house but since it was blocked by senate republicans, it wasn't able to make its way through. the president will continue to push for reform. >> he did change his position on that when he realized he could raise more money without it. >> the president has not changed his position. people who support reform have not changed their position. they realized that the rules exist the way that they exist. the president is continuing to
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push for reform and will continue to push for reform in a second term. it's republicans who are stopping it. while the president wishes he could change the rules, he can't. as ari knows, the president has to work with the united states senate in order to change the laws of the land and he'll continue to try to do that but as long as senate republicans are blocking that, he can't change the rules. >> whether a democrat or republican wants to admit that their candidate has flip flopped, it's always the other side that's done a flip-flop for everybody else. when it's your candidate, it's an understandable change or facing new reality. >> i said this before. one of the reasons mitt romney is in trouble is because he changes position on abortion and gay rights and doesn't come across as authentic. barack obama has a similar flip-flop problem. it's not only on those issues when he was as senator he said that we shouldn't raise the debt limit and voted against it and when he became president he said we have to raise the debt limit. it's a regular pattern with barack obama. this is what gets worse when you
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look at the president and standard he sets for himself. he said in 2007 about john edwards super pac, you can't just talk the talk. the easiest thing in the world is to talk about change during election time. everybody talks about change during election time. you have to look at how they act when it's not convenient and when it's harder. that's the standard he set. that's my problem with barack obama. he constantly tries to act as if he's somehow somebody special and different when he really isn't. and then to make it connect to policy. this is where there's is a sense of frustration when dealing with barack obama. words are wind. making promises, saying things, his actions go 180 degrees against that because his entire presidency is about maneuvering and tactical positions to protect his brand and not reform. >> do you think the president is
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going to send out people to speak at super pac events and that will make a huge difference in terms of the fund-raising? >> i think it remains to be seen how big of an impact it will be. one thing, it's president obama. you would appreciate that when president bush was in the white house. people calming him president. as for the practical results of what this will mean it will take time to see. i don't think in the next couple days we'll see a huge spike but over the medium and long-term we'll see how much folks -- how much folks are really willing to get involved in progressive donors and folks in the community decide this is an important part of making sure the president is re-elected. >> appreciate your time. let us know what you think. here is broken promise. one day old to stop the violence. how many promises have they already broken. a number of reports from the
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streets and makeshift hospital, shelling so bad that people have to wait until nightfall to bury their dead in secret. a western reporter joins us with his accounts. also tonight, "360" exclusive, james clementi speaking out about the tragic death and suicide of his brother tyler clementi after tyler's college roommate allegedly was spying on him when he had a sexual encounter. first, let's check in with iraqa. >> josh powell setting fire to his home killing himself and his two young sons. we now have a woman's 911 call. the social worker powell just locked out of the home, what she said to the authorities when "360" continues. [ male announcer ] we know you don't wait
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ishish. ish ish. late word tonight on the slaughter that has been unleashed in syria. after four straight days of
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bombing and shelling, it's frankly hard to see how things could get worse, worse than this. incoming artillery rocket fire in several neighborhoods where this video was taken today. more than five dozen people killed. reports that field hospitals and medical perhaps are being targeted along with the wounded. the killing, the atrocity is unfolding despite the stated commitment to ending the violence. he made that promise to russi s yesterday. his sincerity could be measured in dead men, dead women and dead children. an opposition member known as danny has been risking his life posting videos on youtube. before we show you this, i want to warn you it's not especially graphic. it certainly is horrible. it's also the sad and simple
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reality right now. >> he's about 2 years old. he got hit in his house. is this what the u.s. is waiting for? is this what the u.n. is waiting for? until there's not any children left. until they kill all of the children and all of the women? this child lost his brains. a bomb landed in his house. what is the u.n. waiting for? >> we've been trying all day with no success to reconnect with danny. we thought we had him several times. communications are extremely difficult. streets are deadly. just before air time we managed to get in touch with another activist who had just witnessed her friend die. i understand you lost a friend today. >> yes. we are here.
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we go out to help the wounded and he got shot in the head by a sniper. >> what keeps you going? >> we have no other choice. we try to save each other at least -- i mean, to keep somebody alive. we believe that we are all going to die here. the city is under shelling and bombing and everything. and there's nothing to do. >> you really believe you're all going to die? >> we do. >> another syrian bearing witness. the regime calling such accounts a lie. it isn't letting outside reporters in presumably because they would simply confirm what people just said and what we've been seeing almost daily out of
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syria for months. paul wood did manage to sneak it. he got out with this. >> reporter: the shelling is constant now. we hear impact every few seconds. and in reply you can also hear a little bit of fire. it's a futile gesture. >> what did you see in homs. you just left. what -- tell us firsthand what did you see? >> well, first of all, i think there are hundreds of mortar and shell attacks daily. the hospital that danny was at is somewhere we spent a lot of time. it's clear if you spend a couple hours there that civilians are bearing the brunt of this. we saw every couple of hours, 20
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or 30 people come in. i would think that one of those was a fighter. some of those were elderly people and a good number of them were children. we saw a 7-year-old girl come in. she had been killed. she was sent off for burial. those burials are taking place at night because it's so dangerous. in fact, in that particular part of homs there are burials taking place at night for a long time but 17 people were killed just in the few blocks surrounding the house that we were staying in. those 17 people had to be buried at once in a mass grave hur hurriedly at night because there was no dignity because of the fear of attack. >> i want to play video from the stories were talking about. the lengths people have to go through just to bury their loved ones. >> like all dead she must be buried in darkness. daytime is too dangerous.
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>> you describe homs as bleeding and terrified. does it seem like there's any rationale to where the mortars are landing? is it just like it was in bosnia with indiscriminate firing? >> it feels like collective punishment when you are there. bear in mind that these are the worst days that homs has had. it's been going on for a long time. i think more or less every single family there has had some kind of loss or has someone close to them with some kind of loss. there was a man in the hospital whose job it is to wrap bodies and he's wrapped hundreds of them so far. i asked him whether he had to wrap any of his relatives. he just gave me a long list. he had prepared his son for
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burial, his son for burial. a second cousin for burial. these are typical stories in homs. the number of dead if you believe the activists is 100 today and some 300 if you take everything since the weekend but it has been going on for much longer than that. >> what kind of capabilities do the so-called free syrian army have? are they able to mount any real resistance to incoming mortars to rocket fire? >> well, they try but they have rocket propelled grenades and we've begun on several actions with them and they always end up essentially having to retreat because when tanks are brought up and armored vehicles are brought up and that's your only real choice. i did speak to a senior officer, a member of the military council who had only a week ago been a serving full colonel in the syrian army. he defected just a week ago. he says this is his account.
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moral had collapsed within the syrian army. people knew they were killing civilians and they wanted the blood bath to stop. this is the slim hope that the free army is putting on things in homs that moral will collapse and the attacking forces will stop. we are hearing reports that special troops have been brought up by the regime presumably because if they have to go into homs they need people who are motivated and willing to do it. having slipped out of that place within the past 24 hours, i would think the one word which sums up what is happening there is despair. people look to the u.n. to help them. the resolution was vetoed and they think no one will help them. >> is there a moment or image or person that when you close your eyes tonight and try to go to sleep you're going to remember and you're going to remember for a long time to come? >> the one thing that comes back to me all the time is an
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11-year-old boy who was brought into the offihospital on the fi day. he was hit in the face with a mortar face. it ripped off his whole face. everything below the nose was gone. i got a glimpse at his eyes. they managed to stabilize him. they were going to try to raise money to get him out and get his face reconstructed but he died this morning. that is the one that comes back to me. >> paul wood, i applaud your bravery. i appreciate you talking to us tonight. thank you. up next tonight, "360" exclusive, tyler clementi's brother speaks out about his brother's suicide. a life cut short after his college roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on his sexual encounter with another man. >> probably had so much hope and optimism for a great experience at college and found himself living through a nightmare. >> an interview you won't see anywhere else tonight.
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"360" exclusive tonight. for the first time you'll hear from the brother of tyler clementi. a rutgers university freshman who killed himself back in september of 2010. he jumped off the george washington bridge after his
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college roommate allegedly used a spy cam during an encounter with another man. he's refused a plea deal and insists he's innocent of the charges. jason joins us with the exclusive details. there's been a lot of speculation on tyler's death why he made that decision to do that. you asked his brother about that. his brother, james, about that. i want to play what he said. >> the set of circumstances was the compact worst case scenario that could have happened. i think he was being brave by being honest with the people around him about his sexuality and i think he really tried to be a strong person and be an honest person, but it seems like he was punished for that forthrightness and made to be, you know, a joke or a laughing stock and i think that must have
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taken its toll on him emotionally and mentally. i think that was a lot. i don't think he knew how to respond to that and obviously he responded in the wrong way. suicide is never the right choice. it was the choice that he made and i and my family have to live with the repercussions of it. >> there was a lot of reporting at the time that tyler clementi hadn't told his family he was gay but his brother said that he actually had told them before he went to college. >> he was 18 years old. told them when he was 18. james said he basically knew even before he was 18 that he suspected his brother was gay because james is actually gay as well. he wanted his brother to come out on his own and in his own time. and he actually said that he also had come out to his roommate. we now know that darwin robby is accused of cyberbullying and
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that ultimately led to tyler's death. >> you asked james about his feelings towards tyler's roommate who is now facing trial. >> it was very hard for me in realizing the environment that my brother found himself in and that he probably had so much hope and optimism for a great experience at college and found himself living through a nightmare. >> is forgiveness something that you think about? >> yes. i think that there's a time for that. i don't know if i'm there right now. the trial is going to be incredibly emotional and every day is going to be harder than the last day i think. and i don't know. i just want to get through this and make sure that my family gets through that period, but i
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think we're just hoping for some kind of justice in the court system and putting our faith in the prosecution to do what they need to do. >> did he say what he thought justice would be? >> i think from the family's point of view, jail time would be some form of justice but ultimately i think even before things had gotten started, if someone had apologized maybe they could have avoided all of this. to this day they still have not received an apology from the robby family. >> often in a situation like this, lawyers will tell somebody, you know, don't say anything to the family. don't apologize. that's a legal maneuver and that often adds to the pain of the family as you said to not hear that. how has the family been getting through this? >> the pain is intense. they're more than a year out but you can still tell when speaking to james and i have spoken to clementi's parents as well. james says it's day-to-day. some days are good days. when he has bad days when he feels like crying, he allows
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himself to do that. one of the things that struck me is sometimes i wake up and i still feel like my brother is alive and then the reality sets in in terms of what's really happened to him. >> that happens for so often for a long time after a loss. the family has remained silent and other than an article i read in "the new yorker" this is the first time i've seen james on television being interviewed. you asked why he's speaking out now. let's play that. >> words are devastating and until you've been the target of that kind of hatred, you don't understand the pain you are inflicting on other people and i just think about the epidemic that suicide has really become amongst gay youth and it breaks my heart and every child i've seen on the news since and before my brother's death, i mean, he's one of many unfortunately and this needs to stop. it's not the answer. there's always somewhere that you can go and there's -- at any
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point no matter what as long as you're still here, there's something worth fighting for. life is the most valuable thing. and i think about my brother. i think if he had gotten through that night and that dark hour, i think a day or a week or a year later he would have looked back and been grateful that he didn't do it. >> studies often show about suicide if someone is able to resist that initial urge or is thwarted in some initial attempt, even just briefly, it often will not reoccur or will not happen again or they can get help. what else did he want people to know about his brother? >> that he was the shy, quiet one. he also felt as though he was the stronger of the two. i think that's what -- >> that tyler was the stronger? >> that tyler was the stronger of the two and he was the better of the two. that's what's so heartbreaking for james. it's still a grieving process for him to get through. eventually some day he may get
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through that as well. he felt as though his brother was the stronger of the two. >> really great interview. thank you so much for bringing it to us. jason carol. coming up tonight, warren jeffs wielding power from inside prisons accused of still ripping families apart. funeral services scheduled for saturday afternoon for the two boys whose father blew them up in washington state. the 911 call from the social worker has been released. here's a portion of it. >> the kids and the father were in the house? >> yeah. yes. we slammed the door in my face. i kept knocking. i thought it was a mistake. i kept knocking. then i called 911. >> you saw him go back into the house right before the flames? >> he didn't ever leave the house. he just opened the door. the kids were one step ahead of
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me. they're five and seven. they were one step ahead of me. he slammed the door in my face. >> you think he might have done this intentionally? >> yes. >> a former producer of s "survivor" has been kextradited to mexico accused of killing his wife in 2010. two cranes used to reel in this 40ton whale shark found dead in the arabian sea. >> wow. >> doesn't even look real. >> it looks like metal or something. it's strange. >> like a monster. >> we'll check in with you later. warren jeffs is behind bars for life but that's not stopping him from calling the shots and ordering strict new rules for his polygamist sect. those who don't follow along those rules, face the wrath of his followers.
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a "360" follow, it's been three months since warren jeffs was sentenced to life behind bars in texas for sexually assaulting two underage girls he claimed were his spiritual wives. he's still controlling his sect from prison.
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he's imposing new rules on his followers. anyone who fails to follow his rules gets booted from the church. that means no contact with their families and facing the wraths of jeffs' faithful followers. >> reporter: he has ten children but their toothbrushes remain unused on the sings. their swings remain empty. the 41-year-old father is the only one left in his house. his wife and children are gone. taken away from him by the leaders of his church, the flds. mr. jeffs, should your followers still consider you a prophet? the so-called prophet is in prison for sexually assaulting two underage girls. through phone calls and message, he's still controlling the church. still banishing those he and the other church elders say are
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unfaithful. to the people banished, that means having the church take away their families. >> that night after they left i was sitting there in the kitchen chair looking at that swing and it just about killed me. i just closed my eyes and i felt like my soul was just out there floating around somewhere. >> reporter: he's been in the flds his whole life and believed warren jeffs and men before him were all prophets, direct mouth pieces of god. he said he was told by warren jeffs' brother, looyle, that he violated a commandment that they not have sex without trying to have a baby and therefore he was kicked out. how is this allowed to happen? the neighboring towns where most of the thousands of flds members live are unusual places. >> this is the most lawless community in the country. it's run by a madman sitting in
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a texas prison. he has complete, total power over the people here. they will do literally anything he says. i mean anything he says. >> reporter: sam brower, a p.i. who investigates the church, is concerned that jeffs realizes he may never get out of prison may get violent with his revelations. >> i do think these people will do what whatever warren jeffs tells them including kill themselves. >> reporter: recently the flds payed tens of thousands of dollars to put ads in newspapers including "the new york times" saying it was time to repent and be prepared for full judgment. he's sent similar warnings to politicians including president obama. david had three mothers. how many brothers and sisters do
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you have? >> 43. >> reporter: he believe it in if it's of willing women of age. his neighbors say he's bad in the eyes of god and they got angry at him and us while we were taking video. we're just getting pictures of the community. why? >> reporter: because we're allowed to, sir. >> warren jeffs is a false prophet. he's damnable. he's killing this community. you asked me and now you got. >> you are full of the devil. >> in the name of jesus christ christ, you are satan. >> reporter: no answer at the fortress like home with warren jeffs used to live.
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a security vehicle was outside of the home. there was someone in it but he wouldn't look at me. just ignoring me. david told me his wife and children are now living with other relatives. we went to that house. can i ask you a question, please? behind the home we did see a woman who looked like david's wife and some of the children. but we were warned to stay off the private property. just before ester left him, she wrote this note to warren jeffs that was never mailed. she starts off the letter by saying our dear prophet warren. it's clear she loves her husband because she says i want to be an honor to my dear husband. david is now on his own. his wife instead choosing to pay honor to a man in prison who calls himself a prophet.
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>> as long as you have been and we've been airing these reports now for years, it still amazes me this is happening in the united states of america in this day in age and this guy in prison has the power to divide families. how did jeffs and/or the church elders know that husband and wives are having sex for pleasure. who is ratting them out? >> they rat themselves out. david and two men who didn't want to go on camera say they are required to be honest. when asked if they were having sex with their lives, they said yes even though they knew they might lose their families. >> incredible. gary will continue to follow it. appreciate the reporting. the legal battle over haley barbour's last-minute pardons heads to the state supreme court tomorrow. could some of those pardoned go back to prison? we'll talk to ed lavandera who is doing a lot of reporting on this and a family vacation gone horribly wrong. the condition of a boy attacked by a mountain lion. elax, soothe, and unlock tight muscles.
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>> crime and punishment now. the fate of 200 pardons by former mississippi governor hal haley barbour in his final days in office will be in court tomorrow. that includes four men who worked as trustee's at the governor's mansion. the inmates in question did not file legal notices in newspapers where their crimes were committed as required by the state constitution. we've tried to get governor barbour to come on the program
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and explain. he's refused. this is what barbour said about the programs on "john king, usa." >> the power of pardon in the state is to give people a second chance who have repented and re themselves. >> they says that was not the case for one arrested for fourth dui. investigators say he was drunk when he slammed into the car of an 18 year old who was killed. bostic was in jail after the deadly accident when the governor signed his pardon on a previous dui. we talked to linda last week who never heard from barbour after her daughter died. an open invitation stands for governor barbour to come on this program as we've been offering for the last couple weeks. ed lavandera joins us right now. ed, you were able to get a glimpse into how the case is
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going to be argued tomorrow. how does governor barbour's side plan to defend its decisions? >> reporter: there are two main points that stick out from the brief that was filed in the supreme court in mississippi today. one of them and they are arguing quite plainly that they don't believe that this court or any court here in mississippi has any jurisdiction, any way of overturning these pardons. they say the pardon issued by the governor is his sole power and no one can take that away from him or contest that in any way. that's the over all theme they'll be arguing. they feel in their words if they feel like this wasn't done properly, these notifications of the pardons hadn't been passed out properly, in the end this is a harmless problem in the words of the documents we read today that in the case of many of these people who might have posted these notices for 28 out of 30 days, that those missing
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two days were essentially harmless and because of that shouldn't be overturned as well. what was also interesting from these documents that were filed here in mississippi today, anderson is, the dig that governor haley barbour's people take at the attorney general here in mississippi saying that essentially he's going after these cases pushing all of this for his own personal gain and own publicity to try to make himself look good. a clear political shot as they get ready to head into court tomorrow. >> there may be politics involved in what the attorney general is doing. the law clearly states that you have to publish in the newspapers 30 days in advance and that frankly was not done. the governor is saying well that law doesn't matter and that violating was just harmless. >> reporter: it said harmless was the clear word that was in this document. it seems like they are prepared to argue before these judges tomorrow that the full intention was there in the vast majority of these we're talking about 180
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or so of the 203 people that were pardoned there's almost two dozen that were properly published but they are saying this was a harmless mistake and they should be allowed to stand. >> a change of pace. rediculist, courtney is back on the rediculist. let's check in withish isha. brandon white calls the man who attacked him monsters. surveillance cameras were rolling as white was severely beaten by three men who yelled anti-gay slurs. no word yet on arrests. a 6-year-old texas boy got the scare of his life when he was attacked by a mountain lion in big men national park. his dad stabbed the lion with a knife to get it off his child. mcdonald's is offering the shamrock shake at all
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time now for the rediculist. tonight, once again, we have to add courtney's doubter. we just call her courtney now. she's that dear to us. she's courtney stodden. most importantly, national treasure. courtney has a lot of doubters out there. people wonder why we even know her name doubting she'll make it as a superstar. guess what? courtney got an acting job. it's an online commercial for freecreditscore.com educating people about interest rates and consumer responsibility. take a look. >> for $3 a month you get unlimited credit scores, reports, you get free identity theft protection, you get everything for free. >> sorry. that was financial guru suze orman.
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this is courtney's commercial. >> omg. i'm so -- >> i'm going to have to stop her right there. the next word she says makes it just a little too -- shall we say, liz idous for prime time. she scored a great acting role. we're proud of her on the show. her first online commercial. she killed it. you can see the emotion and commitment to the moment. wow. yeah. not since daryl hannah in "splash" has there been depth brought to the role of mermaid. >> what's your name? >> it's hard to say in english. >> all right. my name is -- >> i have an idea for a movie. you may ask what does a mermaid have to do with getting your
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credit score? she likes to hang out at the beach. we know that being near the water really inspires her creativity. ♪ don't put it on me girl ♪ don't put it on me girl >> i think courtney also may have been referring to her commercial when she wrote this on twitter a few days ago. i quote "feeling like a midnight mermaid as i immerse my mysteriousness into a masty moon kissed mouth." there's truly something for everyone. ever since the blessed union, courtney and her husband have faced skepticism and always faced it with grace. >> people are welcome to their opinions. that's what the world is about. if they need to feel this way, th

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